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Jane Murfin (screenplay) and
Sinclair Lewis (novel)
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Release Date:
6 October 1933 (USA) See more »
A prison reformer and a controversial judge fall in love and have a child out of wedlock. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Irene Dunne ... Ann Vickers

Walter Huston ... Judge Barney 'Barney' Dolphin

Conrad Nagel ... Lindsey Atwell

Bruce Cabot ... Capt. Lafayette Resnick

Edna May Oliver ... Malvina Wormser

Sam Hardy ... Ignatz Spaulding
Mitchell Lewis ... Captain Waldo

Murray Kinnell ... Dr. Slenk - Copperhead Gap Warden
Helen Eby-Rock ... Kitty Cognac

Gertrude Michael ... Mona Dolphin

J. Carrol Naish ... Dr. Sorelle (as J. Carroll Naish)

Sarah Padden ... Lil--Black Woman
Reginald Barlow ... Chaplain

Rafaela Ottiano ... Mrs. Feldermans (as Rafaella Ottiano)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Wally Albright ... Mischa Feldermans (uncredited)

Margaret Armstrong ... Miss Jones (uncredited)

Irving Bacon ... Waiter (uncredited)
May Beatty ... Nurse (uncredited)
Katherine Block ... Prison Matron (uncredited)
Estelle Brody ... Prisoner (uncredited)

William P. Carleton ... Bit (uncredited)
Jimmy Casey ... Reporter (uncredited)
Helen Cromwell ... Mrs. Bingham (uncredited)

John Cromwell ... Sad-Faced Doughboy (uncredited)
Jenny Dark ... Prisoner (uncredited)

Jane Darwell ... Mrs. Gage (uncredited)
Robert Doran ... Man (uncredited)

Mary Foy ... Big Prison Matron in Warden's Office (uncredited)
Jack Gargan ... Bit Role (uncredited)

Clarence Geldart ... Judge (uncredited)

Lillian Harmer ... Prison Matron in Warden's Office (uncredited)
Jessie Heathman ... Prison Matron (uncredited)
Fay Holderness ... Prison Matron (uncredited)

Arthur Hoyt ... Mr. Penny (uncredited)
Walter James ... Guard (uncredited)
Dan Jones ... Guard (uncredited)
Willie Keeler ... Guard (uncredited)
David Kirby ... Guard (uncredited)
Violet Knights ... Prisoner (uncredited)
John Larkin ... Black Trusty (uncredited)
June Mathews ... Prisoner (uncredited)

Edwin Maxwell ... Defense Attorney (uncredited)

Geneva Mitchell ... Leah Birnbaum (uncredited)
William F. Moran ... Court Clerk (uncredited)
L.J. O'Connor ... Inmate (uncredited)
Reinhold Pasch ... Ben Feldermans (uncredited)
Fred Santley ... Sam (uncredited)

Larry Steers ... Prosecutor (uncredited)
Marjorie Tucker ... Prison Matron (uncredited)
Fred Walsh ... Man (uncredited)
Larry Williams ... Man with Barney at Malvina's Party (uncredited)

Directed by
John Cromwell 
Writing credits
Jane Murfin (screenplay)

Sinclair Lewis  novel

Produced by
Pandro S. Berman .... producer
Merian C. Cooper .... executive producer
Original Music by
Roy Webb (uncredited)
Cinematography by
David Abel (photographed by)
Edward Cronjager (photographed by)
Film Editing by
George Nichols Jr.  (as George Nicholls Jr.)
Art Direction by
Charles M. Kirk  (as Charles Kirk)
Van Nest Polglase 
Costume Design by
Howard Greer (uncredited)
Walter Plunkett (uncredited)
Makeup Department
Mel Berns .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Thomas Atkins .... assistant director: reshoots (uncredited)
Kenneth Holmes .... assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Kenny Koontz .... chief propman (uncredited)
Sound Department
Paul F. Wiser .... recorded by (as Paul Wiser)
Eddie Harman .... assistant sound recording engineer (uncredited)
Clem Portman .... sound recordist (uncredited)
James G. Stewart .... assistant sound recording engineer (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
James Almond .... chief electrician (uncredited)
Joseph F. Biroc .... camera operator (uncredited)
James Daly .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Gaston Longet .... still photographer (uncredited)
Sam Redding .... chief grip (uncredited)
Vernon L. Walker .... process photographer (uncredited)
Editorial Department
William Morgan .... assistant editor (uncredited)
Thomas Scott .... assistant editor (uncredited)
Music Department
Max Steiner .... musical director
Max Steiner .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Other crew
Lucille Caron .... stand-in: Edna May Oliver (uncredited)
Mary Miner .... stand-in: Irene Dunne (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Sinclair Lewis' Ann Vickers" - UK (complete title), USA (complete title)
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76 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Victor System)
UK:A (original rating) (passed with cuts) | USA:Passed (National Board of Review)

Did You Know?

Sarah Padden, who is listed as a black woman, supposedly played her role in black-face, since she is not black. She was not seen in the film, but may have been the prisoner executed by hanging. She is seen in long shot and is not recognizable. 'Reginald Barlow' is barely recognizable as the Chaplain following her and reciting a prayer. J. Carrol Naish has a very brief scene lying in bed in an alcoholic stupor. He has no lines. It is a credit to their agents that these three all received on-screen credits.See more »
Anachronisms: Although the first part of the picture takes place in 1918, all of Irene Dunne's hairstyles and clothes are strictly in the 1933 mode, and continue as such through the decade of the 1920s which follows.See more »
Barney Dolphin:[last lines]
Matthew Dolphin:Who are you?
Barney Dolphin:Well, son, i refuse to answer without advice of counsel.
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References Joan the Woman (1916)See more »
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Miss Dunne a Delight in a Pre-Code Drama, 28 November 2016
Author: lbbrooks from United States

Only three years into her Hollywood career (after the initial misstep of "Leathernecking" (1930), Irene Dunne shines in this pre-Code drama. Her portrayal of Sinclair Lewis' "Ann Vickers" is complex, layered and multi-faceted. She is a modern woman and she is determined to change the world as Edna Mae Oliver's character states "if it takes her all winter". But the world almost breaks her. She is impregnated and then emotionally abandoned by Bruce Cabot's cad "Lafe", sent to work in a Purgatory of a women's prison, and finally saved by the love of Walter Huston's Judge Barney Dolphin. In him, she has met her equal--morally, intellectually, and emotionally. Their love is here to stay, as we see when she not only proudly bears their son out of wedlock but stands by him when he is sent to prison on political corruption and graft charges trumped up by his opposition. She too suffers in that she loses a top-tier professional post and must makes ends meet by writing freelance newspaper articles. However, she is undaunted and toughs it out until such time that Barney is paroled and reunited with her and their young son. It is so refreshing to see Dunne in this early role, so far removed from both the screwball comedy and perfect wife and mother roles she would play in the middle and latter phases of her long career. We mourn with her the loss of her first child, the death of whom is ambiguously depicted as coming about by abortion. We rejoice in her finding her soulmate, Barney and cheer them for their unaffected love and affection and the joy they express over their impending parenthood. While this is a "weepie", the Queen of which she would become, Dunne's performance is superior to that of her similar roles of this era. Her talent is just as complex and strong as that of her character and she inhabits the role exquisitely.

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